Workshop Proceedings

The COMMPER 2012 Proceedings are now available here .

Call for Papers

COMMPER 2012 is a workshop in conjunction with The European Conference on Machine Learning and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML PKDD), which will take place in Bristol, UK from September 24th to 28th, 2012. The First COMMPER Workshop took place in conjuction with the IEEE ICDM Conference in vancouver, Canada.

Data mining and knowledge discovery in social networks has advanced significantly over the past several years, due to the availability of a large variety of online and online social network systems. The focus of COMMPER is on two main streams of social networks: community mining and people recommenders.

The first focus of this workshop is on mining communities in social networks and in particular in scientific collaboration networks. Consider, for example, a dataset of scientific publications along with information about each publication and the complete citation network. Many data-analysis questions arise: what are the underlying communities, who are the most influential authors, what are the set-skills of individual authors, what are the observed collaboration patterns, how does interest on popular topics propagates, who does the network evolve in terms of collaborations, topics, citations, and so on. In this workshop we indent to bring domain experts, such as bibliometricians, closer to researchers from the fields of data mining and social networks. The expected outcome is to strengthen the collaboration of these communities aiming at high impact-research contributions and discussions. We aspire that the workshop will lead to the development of new insights and data mining methodologies that could be employed for the analysis of communities, models of human collaboration, topic discovery, evolution of social networks, and more.

People recommenders, the second main topic of this workshop, deal with the problem of finding meaningful relationships among people or organizations. In online social networks, relationships can be friends on Facebook, professional contacts on LinkedIn, dates on an online dating site, jobs or workers on employment websites, or people to follow on Twitter. The nature of these domains makes people-to-people recommender systems to be significantly different from traditional item-to-people recommenders. One basic difference in the people recommender domain is the benefit or requirement of reciprocal relationships. Another difference between these domains is that people recommenders are likely to have rich user profiles available. The goal of this workshop is to build a community around people recommenders and instigate discussion about this emerging area of research for recommender systems. With this workshop, we want to reach out to research done in both academia and industry.


We encourage that papers submitted to COMMPER focus on, but are not limited to the following topics:

Important Dates

Deadline for submissions: July 24, 2012
Early author notification: July 28, 2012
Author notification: August 10, 2012
Camera-ready papers due: August 23, 2012
Workshop takes place: September 28, 2012

Submission Information

The paper length can be up to 4 pages (short papers) and 8 pages (regular papers). We welcome both novel research papers and work-in-progress papers. Submitted papers must be formatted according to the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence guidelines.

All the submitted manuscripts will be subject to peer-review by at least three members of the Program Committee.

Submit your manuscript using the COMMPER 2012 submission site on Easychair. If you do not have an account on Easychair, you need to create one first.

Accepted contributions will be presented in the workshop and a paper will be published in edited proceedings. The proceedings are now available here .

Workshop Organizers

Program Committee



COMMPER 2012 — The Second International Workshop on Mining Communities and People Recommenders, 2012